Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Michael Schacht's Pookie

Michael Schacht's new Pookie design really takes proa design to another level. This 28' proa utilizes inflatable hulls supported by a carbon space frame, allowing it to be disassembled into a 4' x 8' x 14' crate.

The shunting rig is state-of-the art windsurfing technology. Read more at Michaels Proafile blog.
I want one.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Ulua launch alert

Martijn Nugteren recently launched his 7.2 meter [23' 8"] Ulua double outrigger in the Netherlands. The hull is all composite Corecell foam core with fiberglass inside and out. The foam sheets for the hull were fitted into a set of female forms and the inside of the hull was fiberglassed before removing it from the molds.

Note the traditional style lashings and blocking used to raise the crossbeams higher above the water. This is standard practice for Hawaiian canoes that race between the islands.

The carved masthead is a crowning touch to this hand built masterpiece. You can view many photos of the construction process at: http://tijns-outrigger.spaces.live.com/

Monday, May 12, 2008

Papua New Guinea shunting proa

I found this 18" model in an antique/junk shop. It was labeled as having come from Papua New Guinea in the 1960's. I was delighted with the find because it's very unusual to find a model with a two sail shunting rig.
I've been unable to pinpoint what part of the country this style comes from. The shape of the slatted decking is unusual and I can't find anything similar in any of my reference books.
The model is carefully made and the scale seems accurate. There's actually a thin sliver of bamboo sewn with tiny stitches around the perimeter of the palm frond sail. I'd say it was built by someone who had been building the real thing.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Outrigger Canoes of Bali and Madura, Indonesia

This is quite simply the best source of information about an area that has literally tens of thousands of double outrigger canoes. You will see sailing rigs, rudder systems and crossbeams unlike anything used in the Pacific. Horridge also includes a chapter on the evolution of Pacific canoe rigs and how this subject was treated by other writers.
You can order this book from Amazon or from the Bishop Museum in Honolulu.